" In the case of particular things that delight you, or benefit you, or to which you have grown attached, remind yourself of what they are. Start with things of little value. If it is china you like, for instance, say, I am fond of a piece of China. When it breaks, then you won't be as disconcerted. When giving your wife or child a kiss, repeat to yourself, I am kissing a mortal. Then you won't be so distraught if they are taken from you. " (Enchiridion III) Epictetus.

If you want to protect your heart.. don't fully open it. If you don't fully open it though.. will you ever truly be able to feel the depths of what is possible from Love?

Nobody tells you that in order to experience love, you have to experience the pain of loss and heartbreak.